[ shoh-fer, shoh-fur ]
See synonyms for: chauffeurchauffeuredchauffeuring on

  1. a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner.

  2. a person employed to drive a car or limousine that transports paying passengers.

verb (used with object)
  1. to drive (a vehicle) as a chauffeur.

  2. to transport by car: Saturday mornings I have to chauffeur the kids to their music lessons.

verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a chauffeur: He chauffeured for a time right after the war.

Origin of chauffeur

1895–1900; <French, equivalent to chauff(er) to heat (see chafe) + -eur-eur

Other words from chauffeur

  • un·chauf·feured, adjective
  • well-chauffeured, adjective

Words that may be confused with chauffeur

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How to use chauffeur in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chauffeur


/ (ˈʃəʊfə, ʃəʊˈfɜː) /

  1. a person employed to drive a car

  1. to act as driver for (a person): he chauffeured me to the stadium; he chauffeurs for the Duke

Origin of chauffeur

C20: from French, literally: stoker, from chauffer to heat

Derived forms of chauffeur

  • chauffeuse (ʃəʊˈfɜːz), fem n

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